In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Browsing For Alternatives
2. Today's Top Story: BlackBerry
- U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down BlackBerry Maker
3. Breaking News
- IBM Messaging Tools To Enable VoIP Calls And Connect With
Major IM Offerings
- Review: Intel Core Duo iMac
- How To Build A One-Terabyte Desktop PC
- Symantec Announces Gateway-Based E-Mail Security Appliance
- FTC Says Cell Phone E-Mail Is Hoax
- IBM Turns Over Search Project To Open-Source Community
- Meyer To Share AMD Management With Ruiz
- IronPort Gets Tougher On Spam
- Motorola Launches Dual-Mode Municipal Wireless System
- Brief: IBM Upgrades Data Protection For Outlook, Lotus
- Novell Plans Corporate Licensing Overhaul
- Microsoft Helps Bulgaria Nab Phishers
4. Grab Bag: iTunes Traffic Soars
5. In Depth: Browsers
6. Voice Of Authority: Privacy
7. White Papers: Compliance
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1. Editor's Note: Browsing For Alternatives
It's clearly not enough to have two meaningful choices for a
software platform that's the singular interface to online
information. But that's effectively what exists today in the
browser field. Mozilla has given Microsoft something of a push in
the past year or so, edging up into the high single-digits in
In markets where it's a two-horse race, the competitors are
likely to focus as much on each other and their incremental
market share gains or losses as they are on delivering a better
product to the users that actually use their software to surf the
Web. That doesn't sound like a recipe for innovation.
So it's good news that there are additional browsers emerging or
evolving -- as detailed in this review under our In-Depth section -- that
introduce new features and functions that haven't yet made it
into the market share leader, IE, or its
closest-though-still-small competitor, Firefox.
Compelling new features include voice support and the ability to
publish your bookmarks to the Web. The Opera browser can
understand spoken commands and will read Web sites to a user as
requested. One can think of numerous applications of this
technology, among them giving the disabled a better browsing
Flock, a lesser-known browser currently in developer preview mode
here), integrates with the Flickr photo-sharing service and
the bookmark manager del.icio.us, while other integration efforts
are planned. With the seamless del.icio.us integration, you can
access and update your bookmarks from anywhere in the world as
well as search for other people's bookmarks on similar topics.
Taking just one other example of innovation, Apple's Safari
browser features Private Browsing. A user that enables this
function will prevent the browser from recording any history or
caching any data about visited sites. If you want to check your
brokerage account on a computer other than your own, this makes
sure that the next surfer won't be able to take a peek at your
account or even find out who your broker is.
It's all very cool, albeit a year or two ahead of the needs of
the average Web surfer. But if you're that average Web surfer and
you want a preview of what's likely in future "mainstream"
browsers, here are some clues. If you demand an alternative to IE
and Firefox, or you're intent on keeping yourself out in front on
the feature curve, one or more of these browsers is likely to be
U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down BlackBerry Maker
Research In Motion filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court
claiming the case raises significant national and international
issues. RIM questioned whether U.S. patent laws apply to its
products since it's based in Canada.
FTC Says Cell Phone E-Mail Is Hoax
Contrary to E-mail making the rounds on the Internet, cell phone
numbers aren't being offered for sale to telemarketers, and you
don't need to register your cell phone with a do-not-call list.
Sacha Lecca With "The Saddest Day"
Find out why tomorrow is considered the most depressing day of
the year. (Hint: It may or may not have anything to do with
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
Traffic To iTunes Web Site Soars (MacNewsWorld)
ITunes users form a distinct target audience with identifiable
brand preferences. Their favorite car make is Volkswagen, which
they are 2.2 times more likely to own than the average Internet user.
Looking for Tiny TV? (BusinessWeek)
So what if the number of Americans watching TV on their cell
phone is as tiny as the screens they're viewing? That's not
stopping Intel, Motorola, Nokia, Texas Instruments, and other
companies from promoting the heck out of the idea.
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